2024 EnvironMentors Science Fair and Awards Ceremony

The Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE) was pleased to host the 2024 EnvironMentors National Science Fair and Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3, 2024 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Jamie L. Whitten Building Patio. This event was a day filled with inspiration and discovery as our EnvironMentors students from across the United States presented their research projects and compete for awards and honorable recognitions.

A collage of four images from the EnvironMentors National Fair

Join us in celebrating our Award Winners below:

Participating students worked hard over the academic year to complete an environmental science project of their choice and the fair is the annual, culminating event of the EnvironMentors program. Students were eager to present their work, share what they have discovered, and compete for awards.

Young man on stage holding award certificate

1st Place Overall

Raiyan Bakshi, Pennsylvania State University Chapter

Project Title: Nourishing Nature with Natural Nutrients!

Young woman on stage with award certificate

2nd Place Overall

Elsie Umbel, Pennsylvania State University Chapter

Project Title: Genomic Analysis of Pesticide Resistance in Two-Spotted Spider Mites, Tetranychus urticae, on Hops

Young man on stage holding award certificate

3rd Place Overall

Yahya Mohammed, Future City Inc. Chapter

Project Title: Beyond the Flush: The Journey of Enterococcus and Fecal Coliform in Our Environment

Event Itinerary

*All times are in Eastern Time.

Access speaker and panelist biographies here.

10:00AM: Welcome Remarks

Welcome Remarks to be provided by Kimberly Winter, National Director of Conservation Education in State, Private and Tribal Forestry at U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

10:30AM to 12:00PM: Poster Evaluation Session

During the Poster Evaluation Session, EnvironMentors students will present their research project posters to volunteer evaluators and guests. 

12:00PM to 1:30PM: Catered Lunch Provided to Guests

During lunch, GCSE will host a fireside chat titled, Exploring Mentorship's Influence on Environmental Science, Diversity & Innovation, discussing the impact and importance of mentorship in empowering future leaders.

Speakers will include:

  • Kristina Douglass, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Climate at Columbia University
  • Ty Todd, Undergraduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and past EnvironMentors student
  • Facilitated by Tom Richard, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director at the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)

1:30PM to 3:15PM: EnvironMentors Awards Ceremony

During the EnvironMentors Awards Ceremony, the program will feature:

Welcome Remarks provided by Tom Richard, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director at the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE).

Keynote Address provided by Aida Collins, Deputy Director of Minority Programs, Office of Energy Justice and Equity at U.S. Department of Energy.

Panel Discussion titled, Empowering Change: Bridging Science and Communities for a Healthier Planet. Speakers will include:

  • Denise Hill, Water Resources Program Coordinator at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • Kim Noble, Senior Advisor in the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Joe Toolan, Senior Manager of America the Beautiful for All Coalition Strategy and Development at Green Latinos

  • Facilitated by Avriel Díaz, M.A., Executive Director-Elect at the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE)

Recognition Ceremony, including chapter, student, and mentor awards and honorable mentions.

A large group of students and mentors posing for a photo at the 2023 National Science Fair.
2023 EnvironMentors National Science Fair participants


If you're interested in participating in the 2024 National Fair, please reach out to Liz Nelson, Program Manager, at elizabeth@gcseglobal.org to learn about volunteer poster evaluation opportunities and more.


Learn about the EnvironMentors program here and explore the 2023 EnvironMentors National Science Fair here.

EnvironMentors is a transformative environmental science education and college access program that mentors and motivates high school students from underrepresented and underserved communities in the sciences. Founded as a local program in Washington, D.C., EnvironMentors has established chapters nationwide through partnerships with universities and nonprofit organizations. Over 2,800 high school students and college mentors have directly benefited from the program since its inception, with many more to come as the program continues to grow and scale.


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